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Tenn. judge lets statements stand in city man's murder

January 22, 2000

From staff and AP reports

A judge in Savannah, Tenn., refused to throw out statements to police made by suspects in the decapitation murder of a Hagerstown man last summer, a prosecutor said.

Timothy Jason Creasy, 24, and Brian G. Justin and Courtney D. Smith, both 22, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Paul Farrar.

Assistant District Attorney John W. Overton Jr. said Creasy and Justin filed petitions to have police evidence, including statements made to investigators, dismissed by Circuit Court Judge Creed McGinley.

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McGinley rejected the petitions last Thursday.

He took under advisement another motion, filed by all three defendants, requesting separate trials.

Overton said Thursday that authorities want the three to stand trial together.

A fisherman found Farrar's headless body on Aug. 14, 1999, in White Oak Creek in Hardin County, Tenn.

Farrar, 26, had reportedly moved to Tennessee less than two months before his murder. His mother, Debra Beavers, also of Hagerstown, said last summer that her son was visiting an uncle in Savannah.

Last month, Overton said a samurai sword found in Decatur County and a broken whiskey bottle will be evidence in the trial.

The trio was charged the day after the body was found, according to Special Agent Jack Van Hooser of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

They were being held on bond of $500,000 each in the Hardin County Jail.

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